By Richard A. Brown
Last Saturday’s family tragedy in southeast Queens once again underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence. Despite the progress that we have made in domestic violence prevention and prosecution, this tragic case shows that we cannot relent in our efforts to eliminate the scourge of domestic violence. The latest statistics from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence show a 41 percent reduction since 2002 in intimate partner homicides. This sorrowful incident demonstrates yet again that even one domestic violence homicide is one too many.
Statistics show that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and more than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone that is, I urge you to report it before it is too late. The 24-hour domestic violence hotline number is 1-800-621-HOPE.
Richard A. Brown
Queens District Attorney